The “Jailspot”

The “Jailspot” is the name given by graffiti writers and urban explorers to two contiguous abandoned buildings on Henri-Bourassa at the level of the now closed Tanguay prison. These buildings were not actually part of the closed prison, they belonged to Transport Québec who once used them as hangars for heavy machinery. They appear to have been used in the recent past as offices and warehouse space. The westernmost of the two is older than the other one which seems to have been built around 2006-2007. For the following years the latter new construction was used for sporadic warehouse sales.

Business must not have been very good, the buildings were left unused as early as 2011-2012 and signs of graffiti action started appearing, first outside then inside. Within a few years the two buildings were completely taken over by explorers and writers/artists. Everything except the warehouse at the front of the easternmost building quickly deteriorated, through the combined actions of vandals and rain/snow through broken doors and windows as well as collapsed roofs. The two buildings were finally gradually demolished over the spring and summer of 2016 to make space for the construction of controversial residential/commercial towers.

If you have any additional information about this spot, feel free to write in and contribute to this article.

The gallery below is divided by rooms and other areas where artists left their mark. The names of the rooms are not official ones, I just came up with them for comprehensive purposes. A plan of the spot can be seen below, at the top of the gallery.

Le “Jailspot” est le nom donné par les graffeurs et explorateurs urbains à deux édifices voisins sur Henri-Bourassa devant l’ancienne prison Tanguay. Ces deux édifices ne font en fait pas partie de l’ancienne prison, ils appartenaient à Transport Québec et ont déjà servi de hangars pour de la machinerie lourde. Ils semblent avoir ensuite servi de bureaux et d’entrepôts au cours des années précédant leur abandon. Celui situé le plus à l’ouest semble dater d’avant l’autre qui a été construit vers 2006-2007. Au cours des années qui ont suivi sa construction ce dernier a été le lieu de ventes d’entrepôt.

Les affaires n’ont pas dû être très profitables, déjà vers 2011-2012 les édifices n’étaient plus utilisés et les graffeurs ont commencé à arriver sur les lieux, d’abord à l’extérieur ensuite à l’intérieur. Très rapidement l’endroit a été pris d’assaut par les explorateurs urbains et les graffeurs. Tout sauf les pièces du devant s’est rapidement détérioré, sous l’action de vandales et de la pluie/neige entrant par les portes et fenêtres brisées ainsi que des portions de toits effondrés. Les deux édifices ont finalement été démolis au cours du printemps et de l’été 2016 pour permettre la construction de controversées tours résidentielles et commerciales.

Si vous détenez de l’information additionnelle sur cet endroit, vous êtes invités à me contacter et contribuer à cet article.

La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est divisée en pièces et autres zones où les artistes ont oeuvré. Les noms des différentes pièces ne sont pas officiels, ils sont ceux que j’ai utilisés pour mes besoins d’archivage. Le plan ci-dessous montre les positions relatives de ces pièces.


Plan of the various rooms and areas. The codes E1 to E6 and W1 to W5 refer to the room sub-sections below. Click to expand.


Eastern building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2015. Visible in the front are abandoned limousines!

Different angle; visible at the back is the dome of the old Tanguay prison which gave this spot its name amongst writers and urban explorers.


E1 – the galleries

General view of the galleries on the right, and the central rooms on the left.

Kems/Kemr

Skor

Skor

Skor

Skor

Kemt

Tuna

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok from a Four Lokos prod.

Skor from a Four Lokos prod.

Narc from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna (ground level), Koni (above left) and Saner (above right).

Tuna

Tuna

Tuna representing the SIK crew.

Ekler (left) and Tuna (right). Visible above are throws by Hems (left) and Shake (right).

Narc

Korb

Lith

Geser

Aper

Sunz

Naimo

Lyfer

Getsa

Shrek One tribute to Jacques Parizeau.

Ekler (ground level) and Serum (above).

Serum

EK Sept (left) and Hope (right). Visible above is a tag by Daym.

EK Sept. Scroll up for shots of the Sunz and Hope pieces seen beneath.

Fokus

Pito

Oskar

Nixon

Dope

Arek

Dekor (letters) and Hesan (creature).

Hesan

Two forms of Dekor on sides of the window. Tags above are by Sunz (in black) and Nybar (in blue).

Dekor (left) and Rizek (right).

Talk


E2 – the car showroom

General view of the car showroom. Scroll down for close-ups of the Geser car and the Merp and Raker pieces seen at the back.

Geser

Algue representing 203.

Pro

Someone representing the VC crew.

Lyfer

Block

Faboo representing Ten Yen.

Aces

Aner

Raker (ground level) and Merp (above).

Same spot, earlier shot: Verse (ground level) and Merp (above).


E3 – the central room

General view of the central room, with the back side of the car showroom on the left.

Skor

Skor

Aces

Bewet

Neak


E4 – the warehouse

General view of the warehouse (sorry for the blurry shot, it’s the only one I have). Scroll down for a close-up of the few visible pieces in this shot.

Shok

Narc

Skam

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor (ground level), with Neak and Bwet above.

Singe. Tags on the right include those of Dekor, Bewet, etc.

Ecler, plus a yellow tag by Bewet.

Rizek

Bewet

Oskar

Meth

Gypsr, perhaps with someone else.

Gypsr


E5 – the offices

Ekler

Ekler

Veto

Ecler throw.

Rizek


E6 – the end room

Bask and Part. Two red tags by Shok above.

Big throw from Etos, plus red tags by Shok.


Eastern building – outside walls

General view of the end of one of the buildings. Scroll down for close-ups.

Throw from Scaner.

Lyfer

Lyfer (ground level left), Cler (ground level right) and Balis (above).

Lyfer and Babar at ground level, Sneak and Venise above right.

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Tuna representing the SIK crew (ground level), Balis (top left)

Shok. Tags by Getsa and Gnius above.

Nixon

What’s left of an old Nixon piece.

Bosny

Reebok aka Logre.

Reebok aka Logre.

Gnius

Gnius

Gnius

Raker

Kzam (bottom left), Jaws (bottom right), Ecler (yellow) and anonymous artist (text and prisoner).

Wase (top left), Jaws (top right), Rescue (bottom left)

Getsa

EK Sept. Tags by Mesk (black) and Venise (white) above.

EK Sept

Oper

This reads Fofo but I’m quite sure it’s Fiefo.

Ecler

Kelen (left) and Shake (right)

Clast

Pares (ground level) and Arows (top).

Some (ground level)

Obes

Mastrocola (2 colour swirls), Hitem (yellow throw).

Unidentified artist.

Unidentified artist.

Sceak (character), Bask (top tag).


Eastern building – roof pieces

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Ekes

Algue

Bosny

Aloke


Western building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2016. Also visible on the right is a corner of the Eastern building.


W1 – the long room

General view of the long room. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces visible in this shot.

Shok (ground level) and Crops (above)

Fruit (left), Epos (middle) and Crack (right); red tag by Guest bottom left.

Same spot, later: Dekor (left) and Crack (right).

Crack (left), Ecler (right) and Duke (above).

Ekler on garage door, with partial view on the inner courtyard. Partially visible above are a throw and tag by Blek.

Hitem

Gaist/Guest

Cur?

Daym

Uzem

Scek


W2 – the small room

Aper and Sunz.

Nixon, with a blue tag by Scaner above.

Same spot, later: Deser.

Ensor

Jinx


W3 – the medium room

Apashe

Nixon

Vogue

Gnius, plus tag by Rake above.

Rake

Raes

Raes

Peace

Alber

Ekual (ground level) and Arow (above).

Feez


W4 – the courtyard

General view of the inner courtyard. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces.

Stare

Shok

Monk.e

EK Sept (bottom left), Kelen (top left), Zion (top right) and Sunz (bottom right).

Ekler

Ekler

Ekler

Dekor

Rake. Tags by VC‘s Owk and Sunz above.

Gnius (top left of door), Blek (right of door), Arose (very top)

Jaws (ground level) and Bane (above).

Aper

Scaner (blue) and Crops (yellow).

Taike, plus a tag by Owk in black on the right.


W5 – the annex

Bane


Western builing – outside walls

Raker (ground level), Gnius (middle) and someone for SPK (above).

F.One in small and large formats.

Kzam (ground level), Bane (above left), Duke (above right), Shake (top right).

Smog

Raker (left) and Ecro (right).

A throw by Aero and a tag by Kelen.

KC Neuf

Someone representing YU8.

Debza

Debza is a tattoo artist and graffiti writer originally from Toulouse but now based in Montreal. As seen in the image gallery below, he can be versatile and his writing style, at times influenced by japanese illustration, is quite unique. He belongs to a few crews, notably GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), and works alongside other writers and artists on multi-artist projects. For more by Debza than what is shown here, have a look at his Facebook and Instagram pages. The following Youtube videos show the artist at work: video 1, video 2.

Debza est tatoueur et writer graffiti originaire de Toulouse mais maintenant établi à Montréal. Il est très versatile et son style unique d’écriture est parfois influencé par l’illustration japonaise. Il appartient à quelques crews, en l’occurrence GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), et il lui arrive régulièrement de collaborer avec d’autres artistes sur certains projets collectifs. Pour en voir plus de Debza que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram. Quelques vidéos sur Youtube permettent de voir l’artiste à l’oeuvre: vidéo 1, vidéo 2.


Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Manga-style at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Blek (top) and Debza (ground level) on a Plateau wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Part of a production curated by 123Klan on a Plateau wall.

Quicker piece on the same wall as above.

At the 2016 edition of Festival Amalgam in Sherbrooke.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco. Notice the shout-out to yours truly in the bottom left corner…

In TMR.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In Rosemont.

Debza and MSHL collaboration for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Debza (bottom left), Sewer (bottom right), Crane (middle) and a Lovebot wheatpaste (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Debza (bottom left), Apashe (middle) and Saner (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

MSHL (bottom left), Debza (bottom right) and Joe, Seaz and Flow (top letters) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial piece for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.


throws and tags

Inside the abandoned Transco.

On a Rosemont graf wall.

Unofficial throw at the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Inside an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

A throw on a train side.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing Blek’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing War’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

Rouks

Rouks is a multi-talented artist working on both sides of the urban art spectrum. On one hand he excels at portraits, he is actually earning his place among this city’s best portraitists. On the other he also shines as a graffiti writer alongside his mates in the Nextime Crew. My favourite works of his is when he brings the two together, doing letters with a side of figurative work. The image gallery below is therefore split into sections showing the murals he did or contributed to, his smaller figurative work, his graffiti work, and those special pieces combining letters and portraits.

To see more by Rouks than what is found below, check out his Instagram and Facebook pages.

Rouks est un artiste aux multiples talents touchant aux deux cotés du spectrum d’art urbain. D’une part il est un excellent portraitiste en train de se tailler une place parmi les meilleurs de Montréal. D’autre part, il brille aussi comme writer de pièces de graffiti aux cotés de ses amis dans le Nextime Crew. La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est donc divisée en sections montrant les murales qu’il a effectuées ou auxquelles il a contribué, ses plus petites pièces figuratives, ses pièces de graffiti, et ma section préférée comprenant ses pièces jumelant lettres et figuratif.

Pour en voir plus que ce qui se trouve ci-dessous, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Instagram et Facebook.


murals

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Rouks mural for A’Shop downtown.

Five Eight and Rouks’ collaboration for A’Shop‘s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop project on the walls of a NDG garage.

Nextime Crew mural in Hochelaga featuring Rouks on characters and Wonez (top) and Crane (ground level) on letters.

Rouks (left) and Eskro (right), in the Plateau.

Zoofest promo wall painted by Rouks, Crane, Hellp and Wonez.

Rouks contributed figurative work to this mural for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Letters are by Eska (ground), Asyne (middle), Fokus (top). The older piece above it all is by Serak.


smaller figurative pieces

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Going graphic novel style at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Concert promo for Manu Militari at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rouks (woman and bird), Lapin (headdress), Speak (top feather), Capes (middle feather), Eskae One (bottom feather) and Sirvis (top piece) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rouks on the reverse of Naimo’s board for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival; small sculpted face on the frame is by Biko.

Next to letters by Nextime crewmate Wonez in Rosemont.

Next to letters by Nextime crewmate Crane at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel next to and beneath letters by Crane.

With letters by Eskro at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

With a double dose of Crane at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

With letters by Crane at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Monk.e and Marian Clem (ground left) and Rouks (ground right) at the Rouen tunnel legal graffiti walls.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Akym (bottom left), Rouks (bottom right) and Reabs (top left) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Next to letters by Reabs at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Work-in-progress at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Next to letters by crewmate Wonez at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Between letters by Crane and Noper at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Also visible above are Serum (above Rouks), Aces (middle right) and Kelen (very top).


figurative and letters

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Comic book combo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Visible above is Aces.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Rouks on character and letters on the right, with letters by Wonez on the left.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Work-in-progress at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.


letters

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

With Bart Simpson character by Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Inside a school under demolition.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rouks (left) and Crane (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

Above the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

MC Baldassari (left) and Rouks (right) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel; above is a throwie by Flavor.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Nextime crew Etch-A-Sketch featuring Crane (top), Rouks (middle) and Wonez (bottom) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Also visible above is Reabs.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

On train.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On train.


tags

Tag on a legal graffiti wall.

Naimo

Naimo is mostly known for his graffiti work but he also does some figurative murals, as seen in the image gallery below. He represents both the 203 Crew and Underdogs. To see more from this artist than what I am showing here, check out his Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr pages.

Naimo est surtout reconnu pour son art lettré (graffiti) mais, tel que visible dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous, il prend aussi des commandes pour des murales figuratives. Pour en voir plus que ce qui est présenté ici, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook, Instagram et Tumblr.


graffiti pieces

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

On a Plateau wall.

On a Plateau wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo’s part in a production with Scribe and SBU One (not shown here) in Rosemont.

Damage recuperation over a Mural Festival mural.

Collaboration with Mexican artist Sermob in the Plateau. Sermob did the figurative work and Naimo added the letters (both names) and the flames.

In the Plateau.

Naimo (top) and Bosny (ground) for the 2016 edition of the Amalgam Festival.

In the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall with a character by Axe Lalime on the right.

The 203 crew wall for the 2016 edition of Under Pressure, featuring, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold.

Part of a K6A production in Hochelaga.

Naimo’s part in a multi-artist mural project curated by Waxhead and Cryote for Sun Youth.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Part of a K6A production in St-Henri.

Another piece in the same K6A production in St-Henri as above.

Collaboration between Borrrris (character) and Naimo (letters) in the Plateau.

On the reverse of an information board for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

On a car headed for the scrapyard.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Winter production by Naimo (letters) and Flying Eric (figurative) in Villeray.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Winter graffiti mural in Villeray.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Near the PSC legal graffiti wall (with older throwies by Bank and Owk above it).

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Industrial underpass.

Halloween jam at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

203 Crew’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Naimo (top), Algue (left), Opire (bottom middle) and Bosny (right).

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Another one representing Underdogs on the side of a NDG cycle shop.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall with character by Arnold on the left.

Scribe and Naimo aka Underdogs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Tribute to Guru at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Hochliwood (Hochelaga).

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.


figurative work

Mural in a community garden in Centre-Sud.

Mural on a side wall of a Centre-Sud business.

A “your face here” board for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.


stickers

Sticker tag.

Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best murals and other painted street art pieces of 2016 in Montreal. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

It was already difficult selecting 100 ceations, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few much-loved artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 collages street art de 2016
Top 100 pièces graffitis de 2016


Phillip Adams‘ annual mural for les Habitations Jeanne-Mance, produced by Mu.

The Art Gang‘s Snipes at Plaza Walls.

Another one by Art Gang aka the AG Crew, this one produced before Plaza Walls. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by the AG Crew.

Akuma One and Korb mural in Villeray. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by these two Crazy Apes.

Huge mural by Algue and Opire at Plaza Walls.

Two sides of a municipal building in the Port of Montreal by Ankh One for A’Shop.

Ankh One and Fluke in Hochelaga. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’ and ‘Zek’) for more from Fluke.

Ankh One and Shadow‘s contribution to a huge A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production further down this list under ‘Five Eight’ and ‘Fonki’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘A’Shop’ and under ‘Shadow’) for more by these two artists.

Apok in Rosemont.

Apok around letters by Eskro in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. Eskro has made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Astred Collective mural in Pointe St-Charles, featuring Eskro (letters) and Apok (figurative).

Astro in Petite-Patrie. This was on the Plaza Walls programme despite not being in the Plaza St-Hubert immediate neighbourhood.

(Two photos above) Two angles of these Plateau schoolyard sheds done by Astro at the beginning of the summer.

(Three photos above) This long wall on the side of a Hochelaga daycare was made more cheerful by Astro.

The side wall of this Taichi studio in Ahuntsic was embellished with this beautiful piece by Axe and Awe. Another bit by Axe on the right was from earlier than 2016. Monk.e also participated to this mural (he’s on the left), but his entries in this Top 100 are featured below under his name and Tiburon’s. Both Axe and Awe have made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016, Axe under his own name, ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’; Awe under his own name and ‘Lyfer’.

Axe on a tin covered wall at Plaza Walls.

This is Jonathan Bergeron‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Bik Ismo was a last minute addition to the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival and produced one of the most loved walls this year.

A small but fascinating piece by Biko in an obscure spot beneath an overpass. Check the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016 for more by Biko.

A garage door by Bosny in Plateau End.

This is a collaborative mural between Bosny and Koal for Plaza Walls. If you look closely, you’ll see that the white shapes are very stylized letters making the names of the two artists (Koal, then Bosny). Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by these two.

Botkin came up with 10 sidewalk pieces for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. Three of these have made this Top 100, this one and the two below.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Collaboration between Luc Bouchard (background) and Haks (robots) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for one more mural by Haks. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by Haks.

This is another mural by Luc Bouchard near the one above, but he’s solo on this one.

The internationally reknowned Buff Monster was on the programme of the Mural Festival this past year.

(Above two photos) Clandestinos, the duo of Shalak and Bruno Smoky, paid us a quick visit at the end of the summer and left us the two sides of this Rosemont park container.

Cryote had a busy year in 2016. This unofficial creation was found on the sliding doors of an abandoned place in Côte des Neiges.

It was the year of the dog in Montreal street art in 2016, in big part because of a controversial by-law banning pitbulls and other related breeds. Cryote is one of many artists who took the paintbrush and spraycan in protest of this cruel decision that will eventually lead to the euthanasia of many harmless dogs.

Cryote (central figures) and Waxhead (leafy figures and door) in a Mile End alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ for more by these two artists.

Melissa del Pinto was commissioned by Mu for this beautiful piece on the wall of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new pavilion.

There were a lot of famous international names from the street art circuit on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, including that of D*Face.

Dodo Osé‘s star took a leap in 2016; this little masterpiece in a Hochelaga alley is just one of many great works the artist produced this past year.

Dodo Osé also came up with this beautiful downtown tribute to his native city of Lyon.

Another Dodo Osé entry in this Top 100, this one was done in St-Henri. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’) for more by this artist.

Off-Mural Festival work by Earth Crusher. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Earth Crusher (under ‘Five Eight’).

Elfu makes this yearly roundup with this funny Oktoberfest piece. Next to it are letters by his POM crewmate EK Sept. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by those two, under ‘POM’.

This past year we were finally treated to a proper mural by Ella & Pitr. The duo had in the past produced a number of great pieces in Montreal, but these were always on roofs and parking spaces, therefore only visible to people flying above and could only be photographed with the help of a drone.

There were a lot of big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, but Montreal is home to a lot of great talent and local artist Five Eight produced one of this year’s most loved murals. Have a look at the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by this artist/writer.

Five Eight and Rouks collaborated on this segment of a huge project put together by A’Shop in NDG. More from this A’Shop production above under ‘Ankh One’ and below under ‘Fonki’. Scroll down for more great collaborative work by Rouks.

This is Fonki‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

There were a log of dogs in Montreal street art in 2016, partly because of that anti-pitbull by-law, but also because two big murals were commissioned by owners in tribute to their dogs who had passed away. This is the one done by Fonki, scroll down to Kevin Ledo for the other one.

Fonki also collaborated with Ms Teri on a segment of a mega A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production above under ‘Ankh One’ and ‘Five Eight’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Ms Teri.

A street art hotspot in a Mile End alley was completely redone in 2016 following construction on some of its walls. This one by Gawd is one of the new pieces found there.

Gawd (right) and Labrona (left) also make this Top 100 with this unofficial combo on the wall of an abandoned building in Mercier. Scroll down for more work by these two, under ‘Labrona’. The two also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Germdee is a new big addition to the local street art scene. He started being active late spring and within a few months he produced an impressive number of pieces in Plateau/Mile End alleys and beyond. His impact on the local scene is also felt through the numerous collaborations and productions he put together with many fellow artists and crewmates.

Some off-Mural Festival work by Carly and Nick Gregson.

Thanks to the buzz created by the Plaza Walls event this summer, Haks managed to get this commission from a Plaza St-Hubert business, his largest solo work to date. Scroll up for more by Haks under ‘Luc Bouchard’. Haks also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

French artist Hobz paid us a visit during the summer and this Plaza Walls creation is one of the two major pieces he left us before heading back home.

Hobz‘s other production during his stay in Montreal also made this yearly Top 100.

HoarKor aka HRKR were the ones commissioned to redo the terrasse wall of the Foufounes Electriques during this year’s Under Pressure Festival.

Another big project this past year for HRKR was the front wall of this Plateau bar. The duo have also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.